A volunteer’s widow has donated £500 to Hearing Champions – the diocesan hearing inclusion project supported by her husband in the last few years of his life. The money will be used in the training of more volunteers in the basic maintenance of hearing aids and equipment.
Having taken part in the project’s second training course in July 2013, Philip Chauncy, a member of St Peter’s church, Hersham, was one of the longest standing Hearing Champions volunteers, dedicating himself to the project right up until his death from cancer last October at the age of 82.
His widow, Susan, explained: He was so passionate about the project. He didn’t miss any sessions – even when he had his cancer treatment. He carried on right through his illness – it gave him a real sense of purpose.”
Philip ran a weekly Hearing Champions clinic in the Hersham Day Centre, supporting the hearing impaired people of his community. It was at these maintenance sessions that Philip’s legacy to the diocese was generated.
Susan, continued: “He chose to run the sessions in the day centre because he wanted to be a witness in his community. When he was there, Philip often received donations for his time and efforts. He put the money to one side, saving up for something for the project, but ran out of time before he reached the target he was hoping to raise. After he died, I counted it up and found it was close to £500, so I topped it up and passed it to Tracey for the project - .”
Tracey Wade, diocesan sensory inclusion officer, said: “Philip’s generous gift will be used to purchase basic hearing aids toolkits for volunteers training this year, containing medical tools such as a brush, threader, extractor and puffer.”
“We are extremely touched that Philip and Susan have given this money to the Hearing Champions project. Philip was such a dedicated volunteer, even through his illness, and is greatly missed.”
For more information about Hearing Champions and sensory inclusion, see: http://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/about/communities-engagement/sensory-inclusion